Bloode, an online network where Greeks can connect with other Greeks with the same blood types, also encourages people to donate blood. The idea began in 2012, when Natalia Kritsali and Natalia Bougadeli were still students and were confronted with a problem — Bougadeli’s grandmother needed blood.
Bloode’s aims include increasing the proportion of blood donors, and to inform and promote blood donation. Their vision to establish the first online community has been achieved.
In 2017, Bloode managed to collect 4,500 volunteer blood donors, fulfill 191 requests for blood, and organize 55 blood donations. And their most important success: they donated more than 1,025 liters of blood for people in need.
According to X-Pat Athens: Bloode grew to two main groups of 26 new volunteers who are now on staff. In order to meet the efficiency and growing needs to reach their goal, they decided to strengthen its management team by creating a new Board of Directors with President Natalia Krizali, a founding member of the organization, and members of the Business Development Director (ReGerenation), Giorgos Nikolettakis (CEO, 100 Mentors) and Angeliki Papadopoulou (Corporate Affairs Officer, Nestlé Hellas). Alexandros Sotiropoulos, also founding member of the organization, has also now assumed the duties of General Manager and Secretary General of the BoD.
Bloode developed partnerships with 10 new companies and three organizations to begin blood donation programs, which have also boosted their volunteer activity. The partnerships include both the Bodossakis Foundation and the Onassis Foundation, who are helping in their effort to get more Hellenes to donate blood.
The site reminds visitors that in Greece, “more than 700,000 units of blood are needed every year, only 35 percent of which is collected from volunteer blood donors, while the largest percentage of blood is collected from replacement donors, i.e. relatives and friends of the patient.”